The hunt for the Final Eight tickets is close to an end. The 11th round of the Group Stage of the Champions League was played today.
Pro Recco confirmed the 1st place in Group A. If there are no surprises in the remaining three rounds, Brescia, Barceloneta, and Ferencvaros will join Recco at the Final Eight from group A.
Ten days ago, Jug became the first club in Group B which booked its Final Eight ticket. Hannover is, as a technical host, already qualified. The race for the remaining two spots is still open. Sport Management, Olympiacos and Szolnok have chances to reach the F8, but neither of these 3 clubs still hasn’t secured its F8 spot.
As expected, Pro Recco defeated Steaua convincingly, but the Italians needed a lot of time to break the Romanian champion in the match played in Bucharest. Steaua trailed 3:5 in the last minute of the second quarter. Recco quickly produced a 3:0 series for an 8:3 lead early in the third period. The visitors dominated until the end of the game and recorded a 16:8 win.
The highlight of the day in the group was an encounter in Barcelona, where Barceloneta hosted LEN Super Cup winner Ferencvaros. An opening 4:0 lead (9th minute) put the Spaniards on the right track. At halftime, Barceloneta was 6:1 up and there was no way back for Ferencvaros, which just managed to reduce the gap. Barceloneta beat the Hungarians by three goals (8:5).
Brescia didn’t leave the decision too late, as well as Barceloneta. The second best Italian club played against Eger at home. Boosted by Valerio Rizzo (4 goals), the hosts jumped to a 7:2 lead early in the third quarter and maintained the gap until the end of the match (11:6).
Brescia and Barceloneta still haven’t mathematically secured their spots at the Final Eight, but it’s almost sure that they will qualify for the tournament which will be played in Hannover.
It’s probably that Ferencvaros will be the 4th Final Eight participant from this group, but Dynamo Moscow demolished Red Star (Crvena Zvezda) in Belgrade and kept its chance to reach the final tournament. The Russians are now 4 points behind 4th-placed Ferencvaros. Dynamo will have a hard schedule in the remaining three rounds. They will travel to Barcelona (12th round), while they will host Eger in the 13th, and Ferencvaros in the 14th round. But, the hope is still alive…Before the match in Moscow, Ferencvaros will play against Pro Recco in Italy and will host Steaua.
Eger mathematically has an opportunity to qualify for F8, but that will be “a mission impossible” for the Hungarians.
After a lot of thrills, twists, and turns, the big game of the day in Group B ended with no winner. Second-placed Sport Management hosted the group-leader Jug in Busto Arsizio. The home team was the first one which managed to build a 2-goal lead – 5:3 (17th minute). Jug responded with a 4:1 run, to gain a 7:6 lead deep into this quarter. The Italians were able for another turn. They netted two goals in a span of 24 seconds for 8:7 (23rd minute). Jug equalized 13 seconds before the last break (8:8) and it added two goals early in the fourth period for a 10:8 advantage. The visitors were 11:9 up with 1:17 remaining on the clock. However, the Italians saved a point. Just ten seconds before the final buzzer, Luca Damonte scored his 4th goal for the final score – 11:11. If the Croats had won this game, they would secure the 1st place. Still, they have nice chances to remain atop of the group, as they are 6 points ahead of Sport Management.
Title-holder Olympiacos did a clean job in Zagreb. The Greeks beat Mladost easier than it was expected. Everything was decided in the first two quarters. Olympiacos built a big 8:2 lead by halftime. In the second half, the Greeks extended the margin of their win to 8 (14:6). After this win, Olympiacos is very close to the 2nd place. The Piraeus-based team is 2 points behind Sport Management. Mladost lost last chance to get the ticket for Hannover.
Szolnok enjoyed an easy cruise against Spandau. In the middle of the second period, the Hungarians earned their first 6-goal lead (7:1) and never looked back. They beat the Germans 14:6 and remain in the race for the Final Eight berths.
Final Eight host Hannover moved up from the bottom of the table. The German side edged out Jadran Split (9:8) and climbed into the 5th place.
Champions League 2018/19, Day 11
Steaua 8:16 Pro Recco
(2:3, 1:3, 3:4, 2:6)
Steaua Bucharest: Chioveanu 2, Prioteasa 2, Marinic Kragic 2, Gheorghe, Dereviankin.
Pro Recco: Filipovic 3, Aicardi 2, Echenique 2,F. Di Fulvio 2, Mandic 2,Cupido 2, Velotto, Ivovic, Figari
Barceloneta 8:5 Ferencvaros
(3:0, 3:1, 1:2, 1:2)
Barceloneta: Mallarach 2, Munarriz 2, Famera, Granados, Perrone, Bustos.
Ferencvaros: Sedlmayer 2, Vamos, Nemet, Nikic.
Brescia 11:6 Eger
(2:0, 4:2, 2:2, 3:2)
Brescia: Rizzo 4, Muslim 2, Figlioli, Gallo, N. Presciutti, Bertoli, Vukcevic.
Eger: Vlachopoulos 2, S. Rasovic, Avramovic, Santa, Magyar.
Crvena Zvezda 8:17 Dynamo
(2:4, 2:4, 1:6, 3:3)
Crvena Zvezda: Vasic 4, Tankosic 3, Milojevic.
Dynamo Moscow: Subotic 4, Pijetlovic 3, Bychkov 3, Kholod 2, Lisunov 2, Lazarev 2, Shepelev
1 Pro Recco (ITA) 11 – 33
2 Brescia (ITA) 11 – 23
3 Barceloneta (ESP) 11 – 22
4 Ferencvaros Telekom (HUN) 11 – 19
5 Dynamo Moscow (RUS) 11 – 15
6 Eger (HUN) 11 – 12
7 Steaua Bucharest (ROM) 11 – 6
8 Crvena Zvezda (SRB) 11 – 0
The schedule in the remaining three rounds (Pro Recco is already qualified, Steaua and Red Star have no chances to reach the F8)
Brescia (23 pts) – 12th round: Red Star (h), 13th round: Pro Recco (h), 14th round: Steaua.
Barceloneta (22 pts) – 12th round: Dynamo, 13th round: Red Star, 14th round: Eger (h)
Ferencvaros (19 pts) – 12th round: Pro Recco (h), 13th round: Steaua, 14th round: Dynamo (h).
Dynamo (15 pts) – 12th round: Barceloneta (h), 13th round: Eger, 14th round: Ferencvaros.
Eger (12 pts) – 12th round: Steaua (h), 13th round: Dynamo (h), 14th round: Barceloneta.
(h:the club is the host in the match)
Sport Management 11:11 Jug
(3:3, 1:0, 4:5, 3:3)
Bpm Sport Management: Damonte 4, Luongo 3, Dolce, Alesiani, Drasovic, Bruni.
Jug Dubrovnik: Fatovic 2, Merkulov 2, Papanastasiou 2, Benic 2, Macab, Loncar, Lozina.
Szolnok 14:6 Spandau
(4:0, 4:3, 3:1, 3:2)
Szolnok VSK: Aleksic 4, Batori 3, Zalnaki 2, Kis 2, V. Rasovic, Prlainovic, Lazic.
Spandau 04: Gielen 2, Restovic 2, Negrean, Dedovic.
Hannover 9:8 Jadran S
(3:1, 1:2, 2:2, 3:3)
Waspo Hannover: Da. Brguljan 2, A. Radovic 2, Winkelhorst 2, Sekulic, Real, Ban.
Jadran Split: Zovic 3, Butic, Popovic, Viskovic, Setka, Kovacic.
Mladost 6:14 Olympiacos
(2:4, 0:4, 3:3, 1:3)
HAVK Mladost: Milos 3, Radu, A. Petkovic, Buljubasic.
Olympiacos: Genidounias 5, Gounas 3, Fountoulis 3, Gounas 3, Obradovic 2, Argyropoulos
1 Jug Dubrovnik (CRO) 11 – 29
2 Sport Management (ITA) 11 – 23
3 Olympiacos (GRE) 11 – 21
4 Szolnok (HUN) 11 – 18
5 Jadran Split (CRO) 11 – 9
6 Waspo Hannover (GER) 11 – 9
7 Mladost Zagreb (CRO) 11 – 8
8 Spandau 04 (GER) 11 – 7
The schedule for the remaining three rounds (Jug and Hannover are already qualified, Mladost, Jadran, Spandau have no chances to reach the F8)
Sport Management (23 pts) – 12th round: Hannover, 13th round: Szolnok (h), 14th round: Olympiacos (h)
Olympiacos (21 pts) – 12th round: Spandau (h), 13th round: Hannover, 14th round: Sport Management.
Szolnok (18 pts) – 12th round: Jug, 13th round: Sport Management, 14th round: Jadran (h)
(h: the club is the host in the match)